The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013: A Review

This POS is 122 pages. 95 pages of it is window dressing: a listing of “exemptions” to the ban. They are “exempted” because they do not meet the definitions laid out, so they aren’t really exempted. All the list does is allow the left to claim that they left thousands of guns out of the reach of the legislation. No doubt they will contrast that to the much shorter list of banned weapons simply as a way to try to paint us as extreme and unreasonable. (They won’t tell you that that much shorter list is not an exhaustive list either, including such entries as “all AR types” and “all AK types.”)

Out of the entire bill I found one worthwhile provision requiring the Attorney General to maintain a list of the make, model, and date of manufacture of all weapons used in State or Federal crimes. They need to add serial number to this. It is a catch-22–they want this so that they can point to any make and model that comes up often as a weapon that needs to be added to the list–I get that, but the list, under this provision must be made available to the public. If that list included serial numbers, then responsible individuals considering a firearms purchase, could do their own research to be certain that they weren’t buying or selling evidence in a crime.

Then there’s the crony capitalist but at the end. They want to require that all sales of any grandfathered weapons be subject to a background check and they do so by requiring that all sales be done through a licensed firearms dealer, which will also have the consequence of enriching firearms dealers (assuming that the blow this bill strike to their business generally leaves any of them still in practice). The political art here though is that the bill manages not to create an affirmative registration of firearms, but does leave a backdoor to achieve that wide open. “Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Attorney General may implement this subsection with regulations.” Congress doesn’t mandate a registry, but the AG can create one. The only guidance to the AG in the bill is that he should set a maximum fee for “facilitating transfers,” may not require recordkeeping on the part of the transferors, and may not require a dealer to facilitate transfers if they do not wish to.

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